DEI Work Group
The purposes of the DEI working group are to undertake a SMHS self-study process followed by the creation of:
- An SMHS diversity plan to include the review of the School’s diversity statement, attention to faculty and staff recruitment and retention, formation of a Diversity Office, and appointment of a diversity officer,
- Strategies to ensure a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors across all campuses, and
- Educational plans to improve students’ confidence and skills in caring for patients different than themselves. This plan will be presented to the FC and the Dean for approval and resource allocation.
Donald Warne, M.D., M.P.H. - Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Chair)
Warne, an Oglala Lakota, is one of two American Indians to be a medical school associate dean. Previous positions include chair of the Public Health Department at North Dakota State University, director of the Office of Native American Health at Sanford Health, executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, and health policy research director of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. "At the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, we are graduating the highest percentage of AI/AN physicians of any medical school in the nation, and we have graduated over 240 AI/AN doctors since the 1970s," he said. "Our programs engage AI/AN students across the nation, including middle school, high school, undergraduates, medical students, and residents. However, we need more resources and attention placed on this workforce crisis."
Lynn Mad Plume, M.P.H. - DEI Coordinator
As an Indigenous woman I have witnessed firsthand the importance of addressing health inequity for historically excluded populations. I grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation and I received all of my healthcare from the Indian Health Service located in my community. I grew up with only one understanding of what healthcare looked like for a person like myself. Today, I have access to a range of services that I never knew existed. It has been an eye-opening journey through the visible inequities that exist within our healthcare systems. Ensuring that we include all peoples in the shaping of our healthcare system allows us to create accessible and quality care for all peoples regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity and/or beliefs.
Collette Adamsen, Ph.D., M.P.A. - UND Center for Rural Health
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to me personally, because growing up on the reservation I witnessed first-hand the inequities my community faced and how that impacted our Tribal members. These experiences have driven me to dedicate myself to finding ways to address the needs and improve the health of our Indigenous populations. I am very passionate about my work and it is essential to have the support within the organization to accomplish these goals in a meaningful way. By committing to an environment that includes DEI, it allows for diverse voices to be heard and included, which greatly improves the culture, work ethic, and morale of the people within the organization.
Anne Haskins, Ph.D., OTR/L - Department of Occupational Therapy
For me, diversity represents layers and layers of unique differences and distinctive sameness that lives in each person, each context, each task, and each moment in history and now. Collectively, those differences and likenesses are woven into each being’s actions and views, in the way beings engage in life, make meaning, and connect with others. Diversity is the ultimate teacher for life-long learning, growth, and connection. Within my role as a faculty member at the University of North Dakota and in the Occupational Therapy Program, I seek to contribute to occupational justice and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion through course and curriculum design, person-centered approaches to communication, and building communities of learning and occupational engagement that foster core principles of beneficence for all beings.
Emily Henneman, Assistant Professor - Department of Physical Therapy
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts are not only important but essential in today’s healthcare. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) includes the strategic plan objective to be an “inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of the society the profession serves.” The first step toward achieving this objective is improved DEI efforts within physical therapy education. The UND Department of Physical Therapy is committed to DEI efforts within our DPT program, the SMHS, the community, and within the professional organizations that oversee and represent our profession.
Melanie Nadeau, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Department of Population Health
As a Native woman from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, I feel it is important to be part of the UND campus community’s efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable campus. One of the goals of UND’s overall strategic plan, Goal 5, is designed to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus climate. As a UND alumna from the 90s, it is great to be actively engaged in these efforts to address differences among diverse and underrepresented populations on campus. Improving equity, diversity, and inclusion are an active process that requires attention at multiple levels. UND is doing a great job at engaging stakeholders and supporting change to promote healthy people, healthy communities, and overall success of present and future generations. I’m excited to continue being a part of these conversations, working with faculty and students to support and enhance the living, learning, and working environment of every member of our UND community.
Karen Peterson, M.S., MT (ASCP) - Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
In my role clinical education coordinator for the Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of North Dakota I am committed to promoting the inclusion of students and their experiences and beliefs in their journey of becoming a health care professional. The commitment to inclusion will provide the compassion and understanding necessary to provide quality health care for a patient’s individual needs.
Nicole Redvers, N.D., M.P.H. - Department of Family & Community Medicine
I am a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation located within northern Canada, and have been pleased to see the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences put needed effort into the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Educational institutions have a deep responsibility to ensure that all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, identities, and beliefs are welcome and feel safe to learn and grow as individuals and communities. There is much work to be done; however, I am confident that we are opening up the right spaces for not only continuing this important conversation, but also expecting and ensuring action.
Mindy Staveteig, PA-C - Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Diversity means learning, sharing, and respecting our similarities and differences in all aspects of what makes us individuals. This is an opportunity to grow, connect, and begin to understand one another with the goal of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in both our personal and professional lives. As a faculty member at the University of North Dakota, I support and strive to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in various capacities within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Consequently, the learning and relationships that develop promote the overall well-being of the profession, our students, our patients, and our communities.
Nolan Potter, Instructor/Assistant Athletic Trainer - Department of Sports Medicine
Diversity, equality, and inclusion are important to me because not everyone is the same. It is important for unique individuals to bring different views and experiences into the world. My goal is to be able to spread the word on the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion.